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PhD in Medical Sciences

PhD Program Overview

We adapt our curriculum, resources and mentoring styles to the individual needs of a diverse next generation of scientists, who are shaping the world through scientific discovery, policy and health.

Jon Skare

Welcome from Jon Skare, PhD

On behalf of the Texas A&M College of Medicine’s graduate faculty and the Graduate Program Executive Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Medical Sciences Office of Graduate Studies! We are glad you are visiting our site and trust you will find the information you need. We have an outstanding team of faculty, students, staff and administration—all committed to fostering an exceptional, inclusive and rewarding environment for the next generation of scientists. Our goal is to provide a rigorous and intellectually stimulating foundation to educate and train motivated students interested obtaining their graduate degree.

The impactful research that occurs at the College of Medicine is a direct result of our excellent graduate students. In addition to their groundbreaking science, our students are active participants in their education and augment it with monthly Graduate Student Organization (GSO) “Roundtables” where outside scientists offer their scientific career experiences and perspectives. Each year the GSO hosts a research symposium at which graduate students present their research findings and compete for prizes. In addition to the in-house symposium, students are encouraged to attend national and international meetings to communicate their data and report their research findings in the form of peer-reviewed publications. Students also have opportunities to mentor undergraduate students and develop teaching skills important in their development as scientists.

I hope you find all the resources you are looking for in this website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Best Regards,

Jon Skare, PhD
Professor and Associate Head, MPIM
Director, Medical Sciences Graduate Program
Chair, COM Graduate Program Executive Committee

Research Areas

There are six areas of research across the College of Medicine departments (College Station) and the Institute of Biosciences and Technology (Houston) that students can choose from to specialize in areas of expertise while expanding their knowledge and touching other interdisciplinary research groups.

Brain, Behavior, Psychiatric and Neurologic Disorders

Research related to normal neural development and neurodevelopmental disorders, behavior, adaptation to injury and disease, psychiatric disorders.

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Biomedical Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Research that explores the potential of somatic stem cells to ameliorate and cure a broad range of diseases.

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Cancer, Cell and Developmental Biology

Research related to the regulation of development, including processes dysregulated in cancer, such as control of cell cycle, cell survival and cell death; the role of innate and adaptive immunity in cancer and immunotherapy, molecular and cellular mechanisms of cancer initiation and pathogenesis; metabolic dysregulation in cancer, lymphatics in cancer progression; and design and application of mouse models of human cancer.

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Cardiovascular, Lymphatic and Metabolic Disease

Research related to the investigations of cardiac function, blood vessel circulation of organs; lymphatic vessel physiology, lymphatic control of inflammation and immune responses; underlying pathophysiology of obesity, diabetes, aging, heart disease, hypertension, lymphedema, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney and liver injury, eye conditions, and cancer.

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Genetic, Genomic and Network Biology

Research using model organisms to study physiology in health and disease; quantitative, systems-based approaches to gain insight into the molecular, cellular and biochemical networks that underlie biological phenomena.

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Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

Research related to infection and subsequent host response; innate and adaptive immunity; inflammatory responses; genetic evaluation of virulence that affect colonization of tissues and systems; disease pathologies related to inflammation and immune dysfunction; e.g., diabetes, neurodegenerative disease; mesenchymal stem cells differentiation for immune function and wound healing.

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About Us

About Texas A&M

Texas A&M University is ranked among the top 10 public universities in the United States and number one in Texas for research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Our graduate faculty exemplify the highest standards of teaching, research and scholarship. By joining the Texas A&M College of Medicine, you will not only be immersed in exciting research but also become part of the Aggie family, a unique and life-long experience, full of traditions and a network of leaders around the world.

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About Our Research

With 170 full time faculty, 75 graduate students and more than 100 postdoctoral fellows, the College of Medicine has a combined total of 39.8 M of external funding from federal grant agencies (NIH, NSF, USDA, and DOD) and the private sector. Our scientists are continuously improving medicine in the areas of cancer, cellular and molecular biology, environmental and genetic medicine, infectious and inflammatory diseases, microbial pathogenesis, neuroscience, stem cell biology, cardiovascular and lymphatic biology and many more.

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About Our Students

Our diverse student body comes from across the nation and the world to become independent scientists and develop professional and transferable skills through top research projects, professional development, and other campus resources that prepare them to become leaders in a broad range of scientific fields.

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Student Resources

Have access to the student handbook, Texas A&M and College of Medicine forms, policies and procedures, as well as other sources to support student wellness and success.

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Contact Us

Jon Skare, PhD
Program Director, Medical Sciences Graduate Program
Professor and Associate Head, Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology (MPIM)
Chair, COM Graduate Program Executive Committee

Dennis LaCaze
Program Manager, Office of Graduate Studies (979) 436-0938

Katharina Ojala
Academic Advisor III, Office of Graduate Studies
(979) 436-0750